“Tony Pua Kiam Wee, [are you] so brave? What do you want now? When you walk, you [had] better look front, back, left, right, down and up. Why? I know about your family, house, office, car (with the registration number given). You [had] better think about it.”
Anonymous note sent to Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament (MP) Tony Pua’s service centre in Damansara Utama, accompanied by a live bullet.
Earlier in August, Pua had suggested that bumiputera discounts for houses over RM500,000 should be scrapped, provoking warnings from some quarters not to “play with fire”. (Source: Bullet for Tony Pua, The Malay Mail, 12 Aug 2010)
Response from politicians
“Although I have some differences in opinions with Pua, such a threat against his life is not only extreme, but unacceptable in a peace-loving society like ours. I hope the police will be able to provide an assurance on the safety of Pua and his family.”
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin condemning the death threat received by Pua. (Source: Umno and MCA Youth chiefs slam bullet-in-the-mail threat, The Star, 13 Aug 2010)
“No MPs, whether from Barisan or the Opposition, should be subjected to such threat.”
MCA Youth chief Wee Ka Siong, speaking up against the threat against Pua. He said the MCA would not condone such an act of hooliganism and that the police should investigate the case thoroughly. (Source: Umno and MCA Youth chiefs slam bullet-in-the-mail threat, The Star, 13 Aug 2010)
“DAP condemns these threats against Tony and his family as a dangerous escalation of political polemics of race to violent threats against Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders.”
DAP secretary-general and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng saying that DAP was disturbed by the death threat against Pua and his family. (Source: Death Threat Against Tony Pua A Dangerous Escalation Of Political Polemics Of Race To Violent Threats Against Pakatan Rakyat Leaders, Press statement, 13 Aug 2010)
New Straits Times editor: “Comes with the job”
“Pua, an outspoken Ivy League alumnus, said an envelope bearing a Tangkak, Johor, postal mark and containing a bullet and note was mailed to his service centre in Damansara Utama.
“Perhaps the young MP (Pua) should know that this kind of intimidation comes with the job, especially the harder jobs of the world, like being a newspaper editor.”
New Straits Times group editor Syed Nadzri Syed Harun in a 17 Aug 2010 commentary. Syed Nadzri cited the threat against Pua, the discovery of a spy camera in Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim‘s office, and the issue of support letters as possible signs of administration fatigue in Selangor. (Source: For dramas, just come to Selangor, New Straits Times, 16 Aug 2010)
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Yeah, I guess if I got a bullet in the mailbox, I should take it in stride too.
siew eng says
What’s the name for this kind of ‘bravado’? Similar to the kind that accepts wars as a means to an end? And that comes up with terms like “collateral damage”?
Funny you should sat that. To be more accurate, receiving bullets comes with the job if you are a non-BN MP.